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Field Lines Cartographer

The Spectral Isle

Castles In Space

Released: 25th September 2020

LP - Seafoam and Rust Colour Vinyl£22.99 Buy Now In Stock. Dispatched today.


Seafoam & Rust Splatter Vinyl w/ Digital DL
Field Lines Cartographer is the recording project of Mark Burford. Here, Mark explains the inspiration for the album and the recording process:

"When I stumbled on the legend of Hy Brasil, I knew straight away that I wanted to make an album inspired by it. It doesn't matter to me whether UFOs, ghosts, monsters or phantom islands are real or not, they're still fascinating to me and hugely inspirational for writing instrumental electronic music. I decided that the first two tracks - Side A of the LP - would be the trip to the island, perhaps spotting it on the horizon at night, seeing strange lights & journeying through mist & fog banks to strange shores. The second side of the record would be an exploration of Hy Brasil itself, which is why it gets a little bit darker & weirder, before finishing with a more serene, transcendental atmosphere in "The Hall Of Eyes" where the island's secrets become manifest...

"The whole album was written and recorded over a 6 week period using some new eurorack modules to augment my existing Moogs. I recorded the bulk of these pieces as a single live take - tweaking and improvising on a prepared theme and then adding overdubs afterwards. the concept of Hy Brasil inspired and drove me to be very quick.



"As with most of my work, I also buried some field recordings in the mix. The shifting sands and tides of the Lancashire coast and some shortwave radio samples are very deep in the recordings and you have to listen very carefully to pick them out. They are mainly there as a sort of base texture - almost like surface noise or hiss. In a 'deep listening' environment this record really takes me on a strange, hypnotic journey - that's how I felt as I was recording it and I really hope that comes across to other listeners. Hopefully people can go on a weird adventure in their minds with this on in their headphones!"

Acclaim for Mark:
Using analogue synths & field recordings, Field Lines Cartographer creates often dark, occasionally bucolic soundscapes, described in The Wire magazine as "shimmering and unsettling" and "The sound of big, strange worlds" by Electronic Sound magazine.

Mark is a part of the exciting north western electronic music cluster which also features Castles in Space recording artists, Polypores, Warrington Runcorn and Lo-Five.